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Characters from the manga Kurohime.

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The most powerful witch of all time. Well-known for her power, beauty and cruelty, she disappeared years before the start of the story, in the middle of a quest to meet the challenge of the gods and become a god herself. The last time anyone saw her was when she rescued a young boy named Zero from bandits.

Her real goal was to become a god and kill the rest of them, due to their cruelty and callousness towards humans, with the incidental effect of making herself a villain so that humans would stop fighting to become gods themselves. Her disappearance is the result of her deification by the gods.

  • A God Am I: Initially thought to be her goal. It's not, but it happens anyway.
  • Attack Reflector: The Black God Tree bound to her; its branches ward off offensive magic directed at her.
  • Beauty Mark: She has two, one under the outside corner of each eye. In keeping with the tragic life that this implies in most Japanese media, Kurohime has suffered immensely in her lifetime, growing up in a war-torn era and suffering great physical and emotional anguish to achieve her goals, only to fail miserably at the end of her first life.
  • Boobs of Steel: Her bust size matches the ridiculous amount of magical power she has at hand.
  • Broken Bird: It's implied that she was significantly impacted by the wars to become a god, witnessing a large degree of bloodshed as she grew up and possibly being orphaned as a result of the fighting.
  • Dark Action Girl: By her own admission, she's "a witch right out of a fairy tale," and won't hesitate to get her hands dirty to kill her opponents.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: She's earned her bad reputation, but a lot of what she's done is focused on trying to free humanity from the yoke of the gods.
  • Death Seeker: She's more than happy to die for all she's done, after she's accomplished her mission. This is part of why Sword and Ouka gradually lose interest in taking revenge against her.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Most of her outfits lean towards this, primarily through accessories.
  • Clothing Damage: In her fight against Ouka, she loses a good chunk of her outfit. It doesn't bother her a bit.
  • The Gunslinger: Part and parcel of being a witch in this setting—any magic that isn't performed by the spirits is usually done through guns and magical bullets.
  • Hand Cannon: Senryuu, her magic gun of choice, does extreme damage even without normal bullets.
  • Handicapped Badass: While her arm DID grow back after the battle, losing it didn't slow her down in the least.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Her real personality is much more subdued and less cruel than her inital appearance suggests.
  • Hot Witch: She has repeatedly been called the most beautiful witch in the world.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Fitting her cold, analytical personality.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: Most of her bullets take the forms of dragons.
  • Jerkass: Arrogant, cold, and merciless.
  • Lady of Black Magic: All the elegance and an obscene amount of power.
  • Lady of War: Onimaru described her best: "A flower which bloomed in the middle of the battlefield."
  • Meaningful Name: Black Princess, fitting her dark aesthetic and cold nature.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She dresses to accentuate her good looks 24-7-365.
  • Nay-Theist: She knows the gods exist, and is all too happy to remind them that they're not immortal.
  • Physical Goddess: Becomes this in Chapter 40.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: The Black God Tree bound to her. It feeds on the rage and hatred of the people she's killed; her guilt over taking their lives is her primary motivation to fight, and her refusal to stop fighting stems from that.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: Her deicide plan is pretty much this in spades.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Easily goes past her waist.
  • She's Got Legs: Long, well-proportioned, and often shown off in her outfits.
  • Spy Catsuit: Her iconic outfit, a black body-stocking with heels and a number of red and silver decorations.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She towers over most men and women even when she's not in heels.
  • Stealth Mentor: To Ouka, if the past is to be believed.
  • Stripperiffic: The outfit she initially attacks Ouka's father's castle in, which can be described, among other things, as "Battle-Geisha-Stripper". Includes Absolute Cleavage, Bare Your Midriff, Giant Poofy Sleeves, Giant Waist Ribbon, Kimono Fanservice, Showgirl Skirt,Sideboob, Underboobs, and Zettai Ryouiki.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: She will do whatever it takes to free humanity from the gods, even if it means she's got to kill people and eat their souls in the process.
  • Zero-Approval Gambit: Develops her outward personality so that humanity would focus on that rather than attaining godhood.


The Hero of the story, a little girl who meets Zero while running away from bandits. She claims to be Kurohime, cursed by the gods into her current form and unable to feel love for others; when she feels love, she transforms into Kurohime, complete with immense magical power. While this is true, it's more accurate to say that she's actually what was left over from the deification of the original Kurohime, namely her hatred and rage directed at the gods.

  • Absolute Cleavage: Her last outfit.
  • Action Girl: As she gains more power, she demonstrates a marked increase in self-reliance; by the end of the story, she's approaching her original level of power.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: She's worried that her abandonment of Zero in the Past Arc has resulted in him spurning her love. Onimaru and Sword remind her that that isn't important.
  • Back from the Dead: Twice. The first time is involuntary, as it's a side effect of Asura's time reversal scheme. The second time occurs after she commits suicide in Zero's arms; but she comes back...not right.
  • Beauty Mark: Like Kurohime, she has two, one under the outside corner of each eye. Aside from being obvious proof that she is Kurohime, it follows the use of the trope in Japan and acts as Foreshadowing for the many difficulties in her life—Zero dies, she loses most of her memories of him, is forced to kill one of her closest allies, and nearly dies for good trying to save Zero from the worst parts of himself.
  • Becoming the Mask: The original Kurohime was cruel and cold, but her motives were more pure than outward appearances suggested. Himeko, lacking all of the positive aspects of her original's personality, is exactly the person that the original Kurohime pretended to be.
  • Black Magician Girl: Bratty and snide, much like the trope requires, but lacking in the power to back it up initially. As she gets stronger, she resembles the trope much better.
  • Boyish Short Hair: In her first cursed form, in contrast to the long hair of her un-cursed self.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Her defining personality trait for the first arc of the manga.
  • Breast Expansion: As she regains more of her power, her bust size increases. Justified, because she's actually physically aging, too.
  • Came Back Wrong: Her revival after her suicide mentioned above? She's basically a walking Black God Tree Skeleton.
  • Character Development: Hints of it start to show up when Zero shoots himself to appease a couple of angry ghosts—she transforms into Kurohime, punches him in the face, and cries a little as she tells him off for needlessly harming himself (though she frames it as him needing her permission to die). Zero's death speeds this up, as it forces her to become self-reliant and actively seek her own way back into power; she also develops an upbeat, kind personality that's markedly different from the original Kurohime's dour, reserved one.
  • Cute Bruiser: When she finally gets enough of her powers back.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: She suffers one to try and get Dark Zero back to normal, dissolving in the waters of the Sanzu in order to reach him.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Yamatohime's power purifies the Black God Tree and those absorbed within it, Himeko returnes to her form as Kurohime for good to permanently resurrect those souls, Zero returns to normal, and the human race lives to see a few more billion years. This comes at the expense of the planet, Yamatohime...and Yashahime. Win some, lose the rest.
  • Fusion Dance: Does this occasionally to avoid trading her memories of Zero for temporary access to her full power.
  • Gun And Sword: As Kurohime, Himeko can wield the Black God Tree as a sword while also using Senryuu.
  • Healing Hands: She has access to a healing bullet.
  • The Hero: Though it starts as a secondary role, she moves to primary hero after Zero dies.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: The same as her older, un-cursed form.
  • I Have Many Names: Aside from being called Himeko or Kurohime, she's also been called hime, Himekojo, and Momohime.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Darkray, Yashahime, and Dark Zero have all done this to her.
  • Infinity +1 Sword: The Ultimate Sword, which retains Senryuu's gun functions in the form of a giant fuck-off laser in addition to being a huge laser sword that can cut through planets.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: With Onimaru and Sword's help, she realizes the situation with Zero stopped being about whether or not he returned her love a long time ago. What matters is that he gets turned back to normal.
  • Lack of Empathy: Having her ability to love cursed out of her and being the incarnation of one person's single-minded hatred for gods has completely screwed her up emotionally.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: In the first arc, as a result of losing her ability to love, she can't recall just why she hates the gods. It doesn't help that she's only half of the original Kurohime, either. Later on, her memories act as a self-inflicted curse, since the pain of losing Zero keeps her from using her full potential. If she trades away memories of Zero, she can temporarily gain her full strength; completely forgetting him will allow her to permanently become Kurohime again.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: A metric-fuck-ton of it. She killed countless people in her quest to become a god, and the price was being cursed into a child's body and being stripped of her memories and half of her very personality on top of losing her ability to love.
  • Love Redeems: Re-discovering love ultimately made her a better person. Of course, love's path is never straight, and suffering also tends to bring out the Character Development.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Dark Zero calls on her this with regard to the Past Arc: she only befriended young!Zero because she was in love with him in the present. Complicating matters considerably is the fact that Dark Zero is actually young!Zero's older brother Rei.
  • Meaningful Name: Himeko means "young princess" or "child princess."
  • Nay-Theist: Though she doesn't quite remember what happened to get her cursed, Himeko still hates the gods with a passion. When she gets a chance to fight one in her un-cursed form, she beats him to death with her bare hands, laughing and grinning like a maniac. This is due to being the original Kurohime's personified hatred of gods.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: It takes her awhile to get out from under this.
  • Plucky Girl
  • The Power of Love: The only way to even temporarily break the curse. Also, she only agrees to help Asura if Yamatohime resurrects Zero.
  • Shoot the Dog: Hime ultimately DOES end the world. Of course, the world had been subsumed by Yashahime at that point so there wasn't much to save.
  • Sleep-Mode Size: Curses tend to do this to her since she wasn't as powerful as a child.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: As the smallest Himeko, due to Senryuu's size.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The stronger her magic gets, the more capable she becomes of handling her own problems.


A good-hearted young man with fast hands and a strong sense of idealism and justice. Kurohime saved his life as a child, and he dedicated himself to fighting for justice afterwards.

He dies pushing Himeko out of the Sanzu River, breaking her heart and starting her on the road to becoming a better person. The goddess Yashahime resurrects him as the new Death God, Dark Zero, whereupon he reveals that he always had "a darkness in his heart". Himeko goes to the past to learn more about this darkness, and meets Zero and his older brother Rei. A series of events nearly leads to Rei becoming a Death God; Zero sacrifices his life to save Rei from this fate...which eventually reveals that the Zero Himeko knows is in fact Rei.

  • Badass Normal: Keeps abreast of Kurohime thanks to his incredibly itchy trigger fingers.
  • Bishōnen: Very much so, especially after becoming the next Death God.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: Of his younger brother Zero.
  • Determinator: He will put it all on the line to protect Himeko. No matter what.
  • Driven to Suicide: Upon realizing that Himeko truly loves him, Zero tries to commit suicide, but being an immortal Death God puts a pretty big wrench into that plan.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: He lives, Hime lives, they manage to make it to a new planet so that the human race ultimately survives and some billion years later, they meet up again and fall in love a second time.
  • Floating Limbs:As the Death God, his hands detach from his body.
  • Gender Bender: Was reincarnated as a woman.
  • Guns Akimbo: Up to Eleven: He shoots four guns, not two.
  • The Gunslinger: An even better shot than Kurohime.
  • Face–Heel Turn: When Yashahime transforms him into the Death God.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Himeko's suicide makes him realize that she really did love him, and his anguish causes the turn.
  • Heroic BSoD: He began showing signs of it in chapter 76, as Himeko continues to fight to convince him that her love is sincere. It finally hits in 79 after she dies trying to convince him of his worth to her.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Makes one to get Himeko out of the Sanzu River, pushing her to shore as the waters boil him down to his skeleton.
  • Hidden Depths: He harbors intense guilt and self-loathing over his part in the real Zero's death, and carried a permanent taint from nearly becoming a Death God as a child.
  • Iconic Item: His Scarf Of Asskicking.
  • Justice Will Prevail: His primary motivation, to the degree of believing that guns are a tool of justice.
  • Kid with the Leash: Keeps the smallest Himeko from being an even bigger Jerkass.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: What he aspires to, and demonstrates pretty clearly. This is a facade for a bitter, nihilistic, and emotionally scarred young man.
  • Likes Older Women: He makes no effort to hide that he sincerely loves Kurohime.
  • Love Hurts: Oh yes. All of his pain and suffering can be traced to either love of his family or love of Kurohime.
    • Love Redeems: After Himeko willingly commits suicide in his arms, he is able to believe in love again, and rejects the powers of the Death God entirely.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Temporarily mimics his pre-Death God voice and self in order to make Kurohime hesitate.
  • Meaningful Name: "Zero" can be read as "Rei."
  • Morality Pet: Post-mortem especially. Himeko's not a complete jerk anymore but she wouldn't do many things if not for his sake.
  • Mr. Fanservice
  • My Hero Zero: Which turns out to be foreshadowing for his true identity, as explained under Meaningful Name above.
  • Nietzsche Wannabe: As Dark Zero.
  • Precocious Crush: He fell for Kurohime as a child. It took a while, though—the real Zero cottoned to her immediately, but Rei was a major jerk.
  • Pure Is Not Good: Himeko cites this as the reason Zero wants to end the world. He is a problem solver and an innocent, seeing the world in black and white. By his logic, if humans cause the world's strife and the world is going down in flames in some thousand years anyway, why not just cut out the middleman and put the world out of its misery now?
  • Red String of Fate: Zero believes in this. He thinks it's his embodied by his scarf, and he's so attached to it because Himeko gave it to him in the first place, even though he doesn't remember at first.
  • Reincarnation Romance: With Himeko.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Lampshaded in comic by Himeko herself when she realizes that next to his being in love with her and her with him, she knows nothing about him.
  • Scarf Of Asskicking: Zero loves his scarf. Even as the new Death God.
  • Take Over the World: Decides to do this as the new Death God. In an interesting parallel to the original Kurohime, this is more a side goal—he would honestly prefer to destroy it.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Considering that he's really Rei, his life has been a complete shitshow—his mother was killed by bandits, his brother died to save his life, and the one other person that unconditionally loved him wound up abandoning him, albeit against her will.
  • The Atoner: "Zero" took on his brother's name in order to make up for the part that his own anger and irresponsibility played in the real Zero's death.
  • The Reveal: His identity as the real Zero's older brother, Rei.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He gives Himeko one for abandoning him in the past after losing everyone he loved.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Definitely lives, breathes, and owns the part. However, he was, at least on some level, doing it to honor the real Zero. Since becoming the nihilistic Grim Reaper hasn't dampened his belief in fated love, he may have it honest.]]
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Literally. Even admits to Yamatohime that that's more or less why he's doing it.
  • Yandere: As Dark Zero. Part of him loves Himeko to pieces. Another part of him wants to cut her into pieces. A lot. Occasionally, there is dissent.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: With a black tuft. That bit of black showing up in Rei's hair after the Death God is purged from Rei is the proof that "Zero" was Rei all along.


A fire spirit trying to rescue her master. Has contempt for gods and humans, though the former more than the latter.

  • Action Girl: Easily one of the better fighters on Team Kurohime despite her small size.
  • Because Destiny Says So: Her fate is to complete Yamato Senryuuto. She's not pleased with this plan at first, but thanks to The Power of Friendship and her mother's apology, she comes to realize that she was the only one that was devaluing her life.
  • The Big Guy: She's also The Lancer.
  • Broken Bird: She was born as a substitute for Yamatohime's sacrifice, should it be needed, was raised being perfectly aware of this, and lived in a heat-proof cage for the majority of her childhood. Her own mother raised her coldly, unwilling to bond with a daughter that was meant to die. Needless to say, this did no favors for her feelings toward humanity.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Her opinion of humans raises over the course of the series, to the point she is willing to risk her life saving one. It did drop again for a short time, but she was able to reconcile her views once she got a hold of herself again.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She convinces the Spirit Kings to send her consciousness back in time and takes the bullet that Himeko refused to shoot at her, completing the Ultimate Blade.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: According to her mother, the elder priestess of Asura's village, Asura is actually a human "blessed" with the power of Yamatohime. This is why she can serve as Yamatohime's sacrifice for the Yamato Senryuuto.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: Kurohime often turns her into a dragon for extra bite.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Her true form.
  • Playing with Fire: In her true form.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Almost the same length as Kurohime's.
  • Sacrificial Lion: For Yamatohime, to complete the Ultimate Sword. And it takes her awhile to stop being bitter about it.
  • Unstoppable Rage: After Taking the Bullet for an innocent little girl named Sara, her resentment towards her own fate and humanity drive her into a berserk state where she attacks friend and foe indiscriminately.

    Onimaru Brigade 


The former leader of the Onimaru Brigade and Kurohime's former second-in-command. At some point, he was betrayed by her, and branded with the kanji for "dog" on his back; he swore vengeance on her shortly afterward, but despite his grievances with her, he's still unable to resist her beauty. Sword attempted to turn him into a snake minion, but his willpower enabled him to resist the change, causing him to turn into Tsucchi, a small, mute, lizard-like...thing.

    Other Witches 



An old rival of Kurohime's and the second member of the Kurohime Punishment Squad.


A young woman that Himeko and Zero run into in the woods. Later on, she and Hime become good friends.

    Yamato Characters 


The son of the shogun of Oedo. Decides to assist Hime and Asura in their quest to free the Spirit Kings after they save him from mermaids. Also in love with Hime.

    Gods, Goddesses, and Affiliated 


The goddess of Love and Kindness. She's the "positive" half of the original Kurohime, embodying all of her positive feelings toward humanity.
  • Helpless Good Side: Played with. In terms of magical power, she and Himeko (in her Kurohime form) are roughly even. However, lacking the aggression from her darker half, Himeko, her personality doesn't quite follow through.
  • Literal Split Personality: Of the original Kurohime. She's everything good and positive about the original Kurohime, which is the reason why Himeko initially can't feel anything but negative emotions.


The Grim Reaper and High God. Colossal asshole. Thanks to Yashahime's vengeance fetish, Zero takes his place after his death.

  • Artifact of Doom: This is truly what the God Of Death is: a large one-eyed skull shaped core that when placed in someone's soul turns them into the Grim Reaper.
  • Beauty Is Bad: He may be handsome, but hoo, boy, he's as mean as they get. Human shields? Using his subordinates as pawns? Taunting and mocking his enemies as they struggle to defeat him? All in a day's work.
  • Bishounen: Tall, long-haired, and extremely attractive, enough so to attract both Sword and Yashahime.
  • Dark Is Evil: He wears a dark suit, has dark hair, serves as the God of Death, and is a colossal asshole.
  • Dem Bones: Most of his body excluding his head.
  • Jerkass God: He doesn't give a damn about his subordinates, or anyone in particular beyond himself.
  • Karmic Death: Mocks love. Meets his death at the hands of someone who claims she loves him. Twice. One counts as Hoist by His Own Petard.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: Uses the souls of the dead and the living as shields, mocks Kurohime and Zero, impales Kurohime, and tells his most loyal follower to her face that her love for him means absolutely nothing to him, after impaling her as well.
    • The last one could count as his Moral Event Horizon since until then it was understood that gods cared about each other.
  • Killed Off for Real: After Yashahime strips him of the skull that gives him powers, she kills him, finding him pathetic.
  • Lack of Empathy: Again, he doesn't give a good goddamn about anyone but himself, and outright thinks of love as a weakness.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Can make extra arms to hold all of his weapons.
  • Pet the Dog: It seems even Darkray would think twice about leaving someone to Yashahime.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky


The leader of the Death Angels and The Dragon to Darkray.

The Death Angel Squad

A group of five angels that serve Darkray. Their names are Axe, Mace, Hammer, Dagger and Lance. Their captain was Sword.

O-yuki and Yukio

A pair of snow gods from Mt. Oosore who decide to tag along on Himeko's quest.


The High Goddess of earth and lover of Darkray. Eek.

    Kurohime Punishment Squad 


A member of the Kurohime Punishment Squad. She desires to take Kurohime's place as the world's most powerful witch.

Saika and Aika

Two lovers who are the final members of the Kurohime Punishment Squad. Saika was once an accomplice of Onimaru.


    Past Arc Characters 


A young, angry boy from the past. Zero's older twin brother.


Zero and Rei's foster father, after their mother died. The greedy leader of the Wolf Brigade.

  • The Atoner: After he is killed, he becomes Kandata, the ferryman of the Styx, to try and figure out why Rei spared him. In the process, he makes up for his misdeeds by helping out Himeko and the others, not only at the river Styx but also by turning back time to let Himeko get a second shot at saving Rei.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Made an ark out of his and Kairyu's bones to help save the last living humans.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Every time Kandata appears.
  • Greed: His motive for just about everything.
  • Karmic Death/Laser-Guided Karma: He is killed by one of his foster sons for being a monstrous father. No, not Rei. Raida.
  • Kick the Dog: Just about everytime he's onscreen.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After death, it finally hits him how horrible a person he was, especially when Rei admits to him (as Kandata) that as horrible as Doc was, there was still something likable in him.
  • The Power of Love: Himeko cites this as the reason why Rei spared him. Even as horrible as he was, he was still counted as a father figure to Rei, if only because Rei and Zero never KNEW their REAL father. Yup, Doc won simply by default.
  • Too Dumb to Live: It's easy to count on one hand the things in the Past arc that aren't his fault.


A member of the Wolf Brigade alongside Doc, Rei and Zero.

The Spirit Kings

The four kings of spirits. By enslaving them and harnessing their powers, the gods became all powerful. They are Yamatohime, Genbu, Byakko and Seiryuu.


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